Warriors win 27-12, end season at 3-7
​Nov. 9, 2017

By Andrew Clark

The Russell County Warriors hosted the Booker T. Washington Golden Eagles hoping to end their season on a positive note. The Warriors limped into the game with a 2-7 season record.  Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles came into the game at 4-5 and were hoping for a win to break even for the season.

The Warriors allowed a score late in the first quarter but did not flinch.  Instead, Michael Lewis darted in for a touchdown less than two minutes later to tie the game at 6 at the end of the first quarter.

Despite both teams having chances to score in the second quarter, a pair of fumbles by the Warriors and an interception by Russell County’s Quon Pritchett sent the game to halftime tied at 6.

The offense began to come alive halfway through the third quarter, with the Warriors going on an impressive 6-play, 64-yard drive.  CJ Lacy completed the drive with a 4-yard run, giving the Warriors a 13-6 lead.

The Golden Eagles quickly responded with a 64-yard run, scoring on the next play from the two yard line.  However, they elected to attempt a two point conversion and failed, leaving the Warriors with a 13-12 lead.

From there, Russell County began to take control.  In the fourth quarter, they made use of a short field after a poor punt gave them the ball of the Golden Eagle 34 yard line.  Four plays later, Quon Mitchell shot into the end zone.  

After forcing another punt on the ensuing drive, the Warrior offense again took over and started to march.  They continued marching for 76 yards, eating up almost five minutes from the game clock before senior Diondre Crawford scored the Warriors’ fourth rushing touchdown of the night.

Coach Dwight Jones praised his offense after the game, saying, “Quon Pritchett came in and did a good job in the gunnin and that’s the best we’ve run the football all year—physically run the football.”

After not winning any games in the 2014 and 2015 seasons and only one game last season, the Warriors improved to 3-7 in Coach Jones’ second season.  

Jones was quick to praise his team for the heart that they showed all year, saying, “They didn’t quit on us, they fought their guts out and they kept playing.  And that is what I am proud of.”

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

Booker T Washington-Touchdown Drive, 2 point conversion failed, 0-6

Russell County-7 play, 55 yard touchdown drive, XP no good, 6-6

Third Quarter

Russell County-6 play, 64 yard touchdown drive, XP good, 13-6

Booker T Washington-2 play, 66 yard touchdown drive, 2 point conversion failed, 13-12

Fourth Quarter

Russell County-4 play, 34 yard touchdown drive, XP good, 20-12

Russell County-11 play, 76 yard touchdown drive, XP good 27-12